You can't name it TAZZ, saharanut, because that was the name of my last Jeep. Mind you, I've never named any of my vehicles, but when I bought Wrangler #1 (a red '94) used, it had these godawful Tasmanian Devil floot mats in it, and I kept them primarily to horrify people riding shotgun. All my friends started calling the Jeep "Tazz," then started calling me "Tazz," forcing me to sell the Jeep and buy a nice conservative (grin) green-and-tan Wrangler new in 1998.
What I am saying, then, is that somewhere Tazz lives, assuming its new owner has not wrecked it and/or removed the "colorful" floot mats. Your Jeep would have to be Tazz #2.
Shift point depends on the motor and on what the demands are. On a flat or a downhill, anything over idle in the next gear is OK, because the torque demands are minimal. If, however, you need torque for uphills or for acceleration, then you want to keep the motor in the "fat" part of its torque band (because this rpm has the capability of delivering the greatest accelerating force). So you shift at the upper end of the torque peak, into the lower part of the torque peak in the next higher gear.
Went back to a Jeep brochure. The 4.0 shows a broad torque peak running all the way from 1200 to 4400 rpm. Shifting at 2 grand would put you back at the lower end of this peak (still over 210 lb-ft of torque). Thus, you can easily shift the 6 cylinder at 2 grand.
The 2.5 is a little peakier. Older brochures showed a torque peak at about 2500 rpm, but the year 2000 brochure here in my lap shows a slightly broader peak from about 2400 all the way up to about 4400 rpm. For flats or dowhills, I shift between 2500 and 3000, which puts the motor below or near 2000 in the next gear - OK if the torque demands are minimal. For uphills, however, I shift at 3500, and if higher acceleration is necessary, I delay the shift to 4,000. The gearbox is a "wide ratio" set, and the rpm's drop quite a bit between the gears. If you need torque, it is OK to wind up a little (to 4 grand). If I do not need the torque, I try to shift so that the rpm's in the next gear are near 2 grand, because the 4-banger is not that happy below 2000.
BTW, my 2.5 seems to be happiest and smoothest at about 2500, so that's where I cruise. Red line rpm for the 2.5 is shown at 5,400 rpm and for the 4.0 at 4,600 rpm. Never exceed these engine speeds.
I am hoping to someday get a Wrangler of my own. I'm 37 and have wanted a Wrangler for years. I am currently working a full-time job and going to school at night to hopefully get a better paying job so I can afford to get my dream vehicle... Jeep Wrangler. I really like the looks of the Sahara, but have been told that I can get almost everything I want on a Sport for less money. What's the difference between the two, and what can I do to get the best deal possible? Keep in mind that I may have to wait for a year or two before I would be able to get done with school or get a better paying job before I can go dealing. I let my parents talk me out of one two cars ago, but when I am able, this time I won't let that happen. My niece rolled an old Wrangler years ago and I pointed the fact out to her that my niece was trying to drive that Wrangler like it was a regular car. I told her that anybody that drives irresponsibly for the vehicle they are driving in will roll it, you just have to change your driving style for the vehicle your driving... it's just that simple, be smart.
Oh, something else I wanted to ask is I know that there is an option to get both tops, but if you can only afford one is the soft top o. or is the dual top option that much more than one?
Hey thanks for that explanation of RPM's - I've been a little paranoid about my shifting style, since I'm so new to driving stick and I don't want to do anything to harm my new toy
I let my dad listen to that rattling sound tonight and he said it's because I'm lugging the engine a little and I can avoid it by revving higher before I shift. So I tried waiting until about 3,400 or so instead of my usual 2,850-3,100 range. It seemed to work, but I didn't do it enough to really tell for sure - sometimes it seemed that was it and sometimes it seemed like I could still hear the rattle. Noises aside, it's good to know I'm not doing any harm by shifting the way I am. And don't worry about me revving up anywhere near that red marker around 5,000 - that'll NEVER happen!!
I agree about 2,500 being a comfortable cruising speed. I'm usually between 2,000 and 2,500 when I'm cruising along in city traffic - usually in third.
Well, I got the ol' wash and wax for the first time today, and boy it looks good. It was starting to get kinda dusty on the hood, and because I had parked it under a tree a couple times it had these little tiny black dots here and there. It's all gone now - got a hand wash and wax for $35. I knew this was a fair price based on tsjay's washing experience. I went to one of these "car wash of the stars" places so I was a little worried it'd be pricier, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn't. I think I'll do this every third wash or so - the other times I'll just wash it on my own and save the cash.
Oh, speaking of keeping up the looks - I ordered a duraflex full Jeep cover from Quadratec a couple days ago - $100, plus $10 for a lock. I was going to go for the weather-lite which is only $59, but the salesman on the phone said it's not waterproof.
Next up when I get some more cash together is to have an alarm installed. Anyone have any suggestions in this regard?
#1979 of 23397 The deed is done! Thelma is topless and doorless!
Apr 14, 2001 (5:30 am)
WOW! I have said before that driving a Jeep is the most fun you'll ever have with your clothes on, but topless and doorless is the most fun you'll ever have with or without cothes!
That's the way a Jeep is meant to be configured, right? Thelma is one happy little girl right now!
You guys will be proud of me. As I worked on loosening the first door hinge nut, I saw that I was scraping the paint off, even though I was using a rag. But, I went ahead with the job anyway. Can you guys believe that I did that? I can't. I guess I'll just have to get some touchup paint.
I wish I could leave Thelma the way she is now, but I suppose I'd better put the top and doors back on tomorrow afternoon. I am afraid to go all the way to work (27 miles) without the top on, cause if it started raining, I would be hurting.
Guess I'll order a couple door storage pouches and a full Jeep cover from Quadratec. There goes $200 that I really don't need to be spending right now!
Those doors are HEAVY! I was shocked at how much they weigh. Also, lifting that hard top off was much harder than I thought it would be. It is heavy and hard to get a good grip on. You have to hold it with your arms partially extended, so that makes it seem even heavier. It is definitely not a job that you would want to do every couple days or so.
I took some pics and finished a roll of film. I will send the film off Monday, and by the end of next week, they should be available on the photoworks.com web site. I will download them and update Thelma's web page.
Thelma sure looks better with the doors off when the top is off. Those full doors just don't look good when the top is off.
dont woory guy...on the looks of it..
Tazz will never be here anyway.
so the name is still safe for now
your in the same boat as me...
right now i am looking at the 60th anniversary edition wrangler..its the sport with all the sahara goodies.. except that God awful interior.
personally..i'm going with the dual tops...
soft top for summer
hard top for winter.
I wish you luck...keep posting